China’s rare earth project suspected after Greenland’s opposition won the election

Helsinki — Greenland’s major opposition against international mining projects involving uranium and other metals in the Arctic has become the largest party after winning more than one-third of the votes in early parliamentary elections. Ascended.

Almost all votes were counted on Wednesday, with the left-wing People’s Party (Inuit Friendship Society) securing 37% of the votes and voting for the 31-seat Inatsisartut, which is the 12-seat of the Greenland Parliament.

Its biggest rival, the Progressive Party (Progressive Party), which is on the left side of the middle road, came in second with 29% of the votes and won 10 seats in the parliament.

In his victory speech, Community of the People Chair Mute B. Egede pointed out the theme that made his party stand out among voters.

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Members of the IA (Inuit Ataqatigiit) will react following the exit pool during the parliamentary elections in Nuuk, Denmark on April 6, 2021. (Emil Helms / Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

“There are two important issues in this campaign: people have one living condition, and we have health and the environment,” said Nook, the capital of Greenland, according to Greenland’s national broadcaster KNR. Egede, 34, from home, said.

The result is a shift in power and the end of the long forward rule at the pinnacle of politics in the Danish dominion of Greenland. Former President Eric Jensen acknowledged the party’s defeat and congratulated Egede and his party on winning the election.

“Congratulations on the Inuit Fraternity (People’s Party community) elections. In a statement quoted by Danish broadcaster TV2, Jensen said in a statement.

At the heart of the election was an international mining project proposed by Greenland Minerals, an Australian-based Chinese-owned company seeking permission to operate the Kvanefjeld mine in southern Greenland.

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On April 6, 2021, at the Inussivik Arena in Nuuk, Greenland, people line up to vote. (Emil Helms / Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

It is estimated that the Kvanefjeld mine may hold the largest rare earth metal deposit outside of China, which currently accounts for more than 90% of the world’s production and is international to Greenland’s natural resources. It has led to great interest.

The Forward Party has shown a cautious and positive attitude towards mining projects, but the Community of the People’s Egede reiterated Wednesday that his party continued to oppose, primarily for environmental reasons. Asked to cancel the project.

“We have to listen to the voters who are worried. We say no to uranium mining,” Egede said in a statement to KNR.

Voter turnout for the election was not immediately revealed.

Greenland, the world’s largest non-continental island, has its own government and parliament and relies on Denmark for defense, diplomatic and monetary policy. The island has 56,000 inhabitants, most of whom are Inuit indigenous peoples.